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1994 – the hike from Pantocratoros to (arsanas) Kolitsoú

I have been publishing on this weblog for more then 10 years. One of my aims is to share my travels with others – who are not able to visit the Holy Mountain -. For me it is exciting to … Continue reading

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1993 – Skiti Agia Anna

When we arrived at the skiti Agia Anna we found it lively and busy. There were quite a few pilgrims. We sat down at the covered outside table and were pleasantly surprised by the traditional welcome: Greek coffee, water, tsipourou, … Continue reading

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1992 – Flora Graeca: Cyclamen, Oleanders, Ferulas and Euphorbia

The pink flowers of the cyclamen like the shadow of the Mount Athos forests. The image above is from the book early 19th century botanical book Flora Graeca.  The oleander is often to be found in or around the monasteries. … Continue reading

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1991 – The Strawberry tree

Every now and then when walking in Mount Athos the Strawberry tree appears alongside the path. Here on the left,  with in the distance Simonos Petras. The Strawberry tree or Arbutus unedo is widespread in the Mediterranean region. The Latin name was … Continue reading

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1990 – On our way to Néa Skiti

It is a long and very steep, rocky, descent from Stavros to Katounakia. From almost 800 meters to 200 meters in less than 2 kilometers. The Nordic walking sticks proved themselves going downhill.The only encounter we had was on a … Continue reading

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1989 – The two aqueducts of Pantocratoros (and Happy Easter!)

First of all: Happy Easter for all our readers, Christos Anesti (although the Orthodox Easter is next week)! This time of year always remembers me to my pilgrimage in 1986 during Easter-time, when we visited Dionysiou and joined a log … Continue reading

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1988 – A walk in ancient woods

Just after the big wooden cross on the southern ridge, a panoramic view opens. From there a long straight stretch until Stavros (cross) lays ahead. It is just nature there. No monasteries, sketes or buildings.The stretch is mostly covered and … Continue reading

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